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Pro lacrosse season begins as sport's leaders eye Olympics
by John Kekis, AP Sports Writer
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13 June 2022
On 13 June 2022 The Associated Press reported:
Paul Rabil had a dream that went beyond the Premier Lacrosse League he founded with brother Mike four years ago. His passion was to bring the Native American sport to new heights with an eye toward getting it back in the Olympics for the first time in more than seven decades.
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... The eight-team PLL began its fourth tour-based season on Saturday [4 June] before a near-sellout crowd at an 8,500-seat venue in Albany, New York, the first stop on a 47-game slate in 13 cities across the United States. The league has a new four-year contract with ESPN that will enhance lacrosse's global reach to more than 170 countries. ... The TV deals mean the games will be broadcast on ESPN platforms to faraway places such as Africa.
... Developed centuries ago by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, lacrosse is the national game of Canada and the oldest team sport in North America, its roots in upstate New York and across the Canadian border. It has twice been a medal sport in the Summer Olympics -- in 1904 in St. Louis, where an Iroquois team of Mohawk Indians from Canada took bronze, and four years later in London. It last appeared in the 1948 Games, also in London, as a demonstration sport.
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